When you Google “Top 10 Best Probate Lawyers” or “Top 10 Best Plumbers”, you’re essentially getting a list of the same thing: companies and people who have paid to be found on the top of search engine lists in order get traffic to their website(s). Sites such as Thumbtack, Angie’s List, and LexisNexis, use terms such as “Top 10” and “Best” as a way to attract traffic by web-surfers so that they can refer you to certain lawyers (or plumbers). 

What Do These Lists Actually Mean?

Those listed have paid an exorbitant amount of money, so that they can get referrals. Rather than finding a list that truly illustrates and evaluates the top 10 probate lawyers, you’re just receiving a list of lawyers that have paid to appear on the top of the first page. In other words, to the search engines, money talks and the truth of who the best is can be buried in the search engine.

How to Scrutinize The Lists:

The Federal Trade Commission put together an explanation for how to best evaluate these various websites that tout to be “the best of the best.”

  1. Do Your Homework.

When you are researching which lawyer is best for you and evaluating lists of the “best lawyers,” do your due diligence. Contact the lawyer and have a conversation with them before deciding who can best assist you. It’s important to know who you’re dealing with in order to feel comfortable in your decision.

  1. Know The Deal.

Are you paying for the consultation? What are the hourly rates for the lawyer or firm you’re interested in? Make sure that all of these aspects are discussed and put in writing, so there are no opportunities for confusion about the transaction you are entering into. 

  1. If You’re Unhappy With Who You Hired, You Generally Can Fire Them.

Although this may seem obvious, to many it is not. If you are unhappy with the lawyer you have hired, you are generally entitled to fire them and find a lawyer that is a better fit for you. 

  Choosing the Best Lawyer:

  1. Use Google Reviews.

The yellow stars that appear in your Google searches will rank the searched lawyer 1-5. However, make sure to actually read the review and discern whether or not the review was written by a client or an employee. Take into account everything mentioned, good and bad.

  1. Talk It Out.

When deciding which lawyer would be the best fit for you and your case, it’s critical to talk to more than one. Discuss your file and find someone that you can build a strong path of communication with. 

If you want to discuss your file, call us at (877) YOUR-FIRM or visit us at theprobatepro.com.